• In a figure that at first glance seems wildly inflated compared to other reports that are circulating, Ben Fritz writes that, accounting for higher ticket prices, the year-end box office tally will actually be a whopping 11% down from 2004. Still, it was hardly an industry-wide slump; Warners and Fox did solid business all year long, and along with third-place ranked Sony, they'll be taking home about half of the year's total receipts.
  • Not that anyone should be crying: it would seem that most of the cash lost in the exhibition realm was made back in home entertainment, where spending on DVDs is up 10%.
  • There's been a huge influx of new titles over the past ten days, but most, like Match Point and The New World, are still in limited release. That leaves the last box office frame of the year as one more fight between The Big Fake Gorilla and the Magical Closet.